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There is NO limit to what a council will do for £50. Nice people are they not?

When the contravention occurs they will punish for ANY trivia, 30 seconds. Even 3.3 seconds, see main site.

When they get it wrong, DAILY in procedural flaws, administration errors, minor oversights, and improprieties ( call it what it is – Fraud and Harassment) then they TRIVIALISE their faults, and the adjudicator is behind them, with them, backing them. Judges too..

Traffic fines led Queen's guard to hang himself

By Michael Horsnell

A QUEEN’S Life Guard, crushed by debts including an unpaid congestion charge fine, hanged himself with a ceremonial bridle chain at his London barracks, a coroner’s inquest was told yesterday.

Simon Wall, 36, a divorced father of two, had been due to remarry and was in line for promotion, but killed himself when he was told that bailiffs were due to collect more than £1,000 from him.

The congestion charge fine and two parking tickets, which originally amounted to £120, had increased to a four-figure sum including bailiffs’ charges.

On April 20 he received a final demand saying that bailiffs were ready to seize property as payment.

In the early hours of the next day, he was found by a fellow soldier hanged from the beam in his office in Hyde Park Barracks, with a stool knocked over on the floor.

Westminster Coroner’s Court was told that the soldier, a Corporal of Horse who had taken part in Trooping the Colour, had been “laughing and joking” with colleagues earlier that evening.

But, later, he sent a final loving message by text to his fiancée, Lesley Peyton-Gilbert, and went alone to his office where, at 3.30am the next day, he was found by Trooper Noel Stubbs, who was on guard duty and noticed his troop leader’s office was unlocked.

Police subsequently uncovered his financial concerns, which also included a £600 overdraft, a frozen credit card account and a series of bank loans which left him with no ready cash.

Corporal Wall, known to his men as Max, had spoken earlier to Lance Sergeant Michael Endersby, of the Household Cavalry, asking if he could change his next-of-kin details and his will.

Trooper Stubbs told the court: “Because I was looking down as I pushed the door open, the first thing I saw was a stool lying across the floor.

“Then, as I looked up, I could see Corporal Wall hanging from a bridle chain which is part of our ceremonial horse’s kit.”

Earlier that evening, after a long day tending to horses with colleagues, Corporal Wall and a group of friends had gone for a drink in the mess bar, where they watched the European Cup semi-final football match between Monaco and Chelsea.

When the group decided to go on to Cheers bar in the West End, Corporal Wall, who had also attended Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s coffin when it was taken to lie in state at Westminster Hall, stayed behind but gave no hint that anything was amiss.

Paul Smith, a fellow soldier, said: “We got ready to go out and he said he was going to wait for a phone call and would meet us later.”

When he failed to arrive, Trooper Smith told the court: “We just thought he was being wet and a bit of an old man.”

The court heard that Corporal Wall had been “very keen” on his life in the Household Cavalry, to which he had returned two years ago after tours of duty in Bosnia with the Tank Regiment.

Acting Inspector Paul Blanchflower, the investigating police officer, spoke of “three trivial” fines which appeared to have motivated Corporal Wall’s suicide.

Parking fines issued last year in London and York, together with the congestion charge fine, had risen to more than £1,000, including administrative and bailiff’s charges.

Dr Paul Knapman, the Westminster Coroner, recorded a verdict of suicide and said: “It is concerning that two minor parking fines and a non-payment of a congestion charge should escalate to over £1,000.

“I believe that Simon Wall had embarked on a course of action because of perceived pressures upon him, and my verdict is that he killed himself.”

The soldier’s parents and fiancée attended the hearing but did not comment.

The cost of the congestion charge is £5 a day, if it is paid by 10pm. If it is not paid by 10pm, it is raised to £10 from 10pm until midnight. After midnight, computer checks are made on the vehicle registration numbers that have been recorded on camera against those that are registered as having paid the charge. Any driver who has not paid is liable to a £40 fine for the first 14 days, which rises after that to £80 for up to 28 days. After 28 days, it is increased to £120.

If the fine remains unpaid, Transport for London will seek a county court judgment. Armed with this, it calls in the bailiffs it employs to recover the £120. Bailiff charges include the time spent, number of visits made and the distance involved.


Parking fines vary from town to town. A penalty in London is £60 to £80, but is halved if paid within 14 days. If unpaid for 28 days, the fine is increased to £120. If it stays unpaid it is registered as a debt in the county court, a court fee is added and a notice of debt registration is sent. If it remains outstanding the court will issue a warrant and bailiffs will be authorised to recover the debt from the offender. Again, the bailiffs will charge extra for this.